Seomjingang Maehwa Village Pyeonsa-ri House of Choe Clan Jirisan Eco Center Four-kilometer Cherry Blossom Road Lodging Jirisan Hot Springs Sansuyu Village
Ask any Korean which is the most beautiful river in the country. Chances are, he will answer Seomjingang River. It doesn't matter if he's actually seen the river or not. It could be the sound of the name perhaps. If you want to find out for yourself, go there yourself in the spring. You'll find the answer yourself.

In the Korean Peninsula, the spring begins at the foot of Jirisan Mountain and along the embankment of Seomjingang River. Plum flowers are the first to let people know that the spring is here, followed by cherry blossom. When the yellow plum flowers are in full bloom, covering the entire area around the river, it suddenly becomes one of the most visited sites in Korea. If you're up for a spring trip, Hadong is the place to start. It's where you can follow up the river and the scent of the spring.
  • How to get to Seomjingang River?
  • Seoul Nambu Bus Terminal→ Hadong
  • The bus departs 9 times a day, from 06:00 to 20:00. At an interval of 1 hour 30 minutes in the morning and 2 hours in the afternoon.
    Travel Time: 3 Hr 50 Min   Fare: KRW 22,900
    (The bus departs at 06:30, 08:00, 11:30, 13:30, 15:30, 17:30, 19:30, 22:00)
1day,Seomjingang Maehwa Village Plum flowers are the first to bloom along Seomjingang River. In the months of March and April when the flowers are in full bloom, the entire area of Hadong becomes white. The two hills on either side of the river are particularly covered with the white flowers in these two months. If you want to see even more plum flowers, the place to go is Seomjingang Maehwa Village.

'Maehwa' means plum flowers in Korean. Just like the name of this village, the entire area is covered with plum flowers in spring. The fields of flowers stretch out for more than 4 km. It's the best place to view Seomjingang River, because the river seems to be winding through white plum flowers.
1day,Pyeongsa-ri and the House of Choe Clan After immersing yourself in plum flowers, Pyeongsa-ri is the place to go. It's the backdrop of the great Korean novel 'Toji (The Land)'. The road from Hadong to Gurye is lined with cherry blossom on both sides. It's regarded as one of the ten most beautiful roads in Korea. Among various sections of the road, the embankment road between Seomjingang River and the plains of Pyeongsa-ri is the best place to view cherry blossom. Walk into the Pyeongsa-ri plains then you'll come across the House of Choe Clan. The open field in front of the old house was used as a shooting location for the Korean TV drama 'Toji'. The film location, called the 'Toji Village', is still preserved even after the TV series ended. It's one of the best places to experience hanok, or Korean traditional house. From the village, you can also see rice paddies down below. In fact, it's a very large rice field. It would also be a good idea to take a look around the 'Slow City Trail', which winds through the plains of Pyeongsa-ri. Take the mountain path on the right side of the House of Choe Clan, and you'll reach a Buddhist temple called Hansansa. Keep climbing the path and you'll see a cylindrical building. It's the Jirisan Eco Center. The place is a great place to view various aspects of the mountain ecology. If you come down from the ecology center, you'll find yourself on a road along the river. It's where you want to take a bus to Hwagae, a must-visit tourist attraction.
1day,Hwagae Market and the Four-kilometer Cherry Blossom Road Every bus running between Hadong and Gurye stops at Hwagae Terminal. In addition, all the buses from Hadong bound for Ssanggyesa Temple and Sinheung-ri make a stop here as well. Hwagae Market is across a small bridge from the terminal. Most Koreans have at least heard of the place. It was originally a five-day market, but it's now open every day since it became a very popular tourist site. To say the least, there are lots to see at the traditional marketplace. It would take days to see every part of the market. After seeing the marketplace, go to Ssanggyesa Temple, because it's where you'll see a wild tea plantation. It's known as the first tea plantation in Korea, and where the most expensive tea in Korea called 'Thousand Year Tea' was produced and sold.

There is a clear stream flowing in front of the tea plantation called Hwagaedongcheon. The stream is yet another popular tourist attraction, particularly among fishing lovers, since it's where you can catch dace and sweetfish. Around the midsection of the stream is the thousand-year-old Ssanggyesa Temple, which is one of the three most well-known Buddhist temples in Jirisan Mountain. 'The Four-kilometer Cherry Blossom Road', stretches between Hwagae and Ssanggyesa Temple. It's regarded as the best cherry blossom road in Korea. There are many pensions, motels, and other types of lodging establishments at Hwagae, not to mention a good variety of foods to choose from. Together, they make it a perfect place to stop by while traveling along the river.
  • Travel Tip
  • Lodging
  • Two of the recommended lodging accommodations are the hanok-style pension Suryu Hwagae just above Hwagae Market and Jirisan Palbegae Pension situated in between the tea fields. Another option is to go to a pension complex called Euneo Village at the entrance to Yeongoksa Temple, where there are many lodging accommodations.
    Suryu Hwagae: +82-55-882-7706
    Jirisan Palbegae: +82-55-883-7779
  • Famous Restaurants There are many famous restaurants around Hwagae Terminal and in front of Ssanggyesa Temple. Danya Restaurant specializing in Buddhist temple-style noodles is one of the most popular restaurants. It's located in front of a public parking lot just below the Ssanggyesa Temple Ticket Booth. Another equally popular restaurant is Cheongun Restaurant located inside the parking lot. This one is officially recognized by the Office of Hadong-gun as a restaurant serving one of the Seven Dishes of Jirisan. The ones around Hwagae Terminal are popular for their 'mitten crab soup' and 'raw sweetfish'.
    There are two that are particularly popular: Hyeseong Restaurant and Dongbaek Restaurant.
2day,Jirisan Hot Springs and Sansuyu Village "Wow! Everything is yellow here!" This is perhaps what most people visiting Jirisan Mountain might think or say when they visit the mountain in early April. It's because of the yellow 'sansuyu' flowers. They bloom around the same time as the plum flowers on the embankments of Seomjingang River. Sansuyu flowers usually bloom about a week later than plum flowers, so if you schedule your visit just right, you can see of the plum and sansuyu flowers in full bloom while in the area. The way to do it is simple. Come to Jirisan Mountain just before the end of the festival at Seomjingang Maehwa Village, and you'll be able to see both the plum and sansuyu flowers. The best place to see sansuyu flowers is a valley just inside the Jirisan hot springs complex in Gurye. Aside from the flowers, the hot springs – with their great therapeutic effects - make it a good place to visit after taking in the wonderful scenery and scent of flowers around Seomjingang River. If you're traveling from Hadong to Hwagae, you'll find that Gurye is very accessible. There are frequent buses to Jirisan Hot Springs from Gurye Terminal.
Jirisan Spa Land: +82-61-780-7800
  • Travel Tip
  • Bus to Jirisan Hot Springs
  • The bus departs more than 20 times a day, from 06:10 to 20:10.
    Travel Time: 1 Hr
  • Bus to Sansuyu Village
  • The bus bound for Sangwi, also known as Sansuyu Village, also passes through Jirisan Hot Springs, and departs at 08:10, 13:10, and 18:10.
    Travel Time: 1 Hr 10 Min